HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania's annual agricultural celebration looks like it drew a record crowd this year.

Attendants at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg parked more than 71,100 cars, up 4 percent from the previous record of 68,000 last year, the state Agriculture Department said Tuesday.

The department gave an attendance estimate of 585,000 for this 2013. No tickets are required for admission and no monitors count the visitors who enter the exhibition, so the department uses parked cars to gauge the size of the crowd each year.

The theme for the 97th Farm Show was "Made in PA. It makes a difference." The eight-day show wrapped up on Jan. 12.

The state bills the Farm Show as the largest indoor agriculture event in the country.

"The Farm Show is a celebration of the best of Pennsylvania agriculture—the best animals, the best produce, the best handmade items," Agriculture Secretary George Greig said in a statement. "It's a rich part of our heritage and a vital component of the state's future."

All those visitors kept vendors busy at the food court. The state said the Pennsylvania Co-operative Potato Growers sold more than 300,000 doughnuts, 35,000 baked potatoes and nearly 45,000 servings of French fries.

The state Livestock Association sold more than 7,600 hot dogs, 6,500 lemonades and 1,300 pounds of Italian sausage.



Pennsylvania Farm Show: http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/